Second call for applications - MSME Loan-Grant Facility
Thursday, April 4, 2024
by Ministry of Commerce

The Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs issues its second call for applications for the Micro-, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) Loan-Grant Facility from Tuesday, 02nd April, 2024 to Tuesday 30th April, 2024. The MSME Loan-Grant is an EC$10 million facility aimed at providing post COVID-19 pandemic relief to registered MSMEs. It is a combination of 70% grant and 30% loan funding at an attractive interest rate of only 3%, with no collateral requirements.

Applications can be obtained online via the Ministry of Commerce’s website ( or the Ministry of Commerce’s portal on the Government of Saint Lucia’s website ( Alternatively, physical (paper) application forms can be picked up at the Ministry of Commerce.  Please note:

  1. Applications will be accepted from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
  2. All applications should be submitted to Reception, at the Ministry of Commerce, Fourth Floor, Heraldine Rock Building, Castries Waterfront.

The application must be completed (with original signature) and submitted with a business plan that includes financial projections. Only one (1) application per person is permitted. (An individual or entity may only benefit from the Loan-Grant Facility once.) Applicants must be Saint Lucian nationals between the ages of 31 and 60. Supporting documents such as proforma invoices and health certificates must be provided.

Additionally, applicants must undergo a credit check, relevant training and technical assistance, as well as adhere to the programme's monitoring requirements if successful.

Prospective businesses may qualify for funds up to $10,000, while businesses in existence no more than two years can seek up to $20,000 in funding. Businesses in existence for over two years can access up to $25,000. Priority areas include Manufacturing (e.g. agro-processing), Agriculture, Agro-tourism and Services (Beauty and Wellness, Creative Industries, ICT and Professional Services). Accommodation and non-profit businesses do not qualify under this facility.

Eligible use of funds: equipment upgrade/modernisation; food safety standards/certifications; the purchase of raw materials; direct supplies and promotional material; obtaining technical assistance; facilitating product and service development; retrofitting premises for standardization; accessing training programs that benefit the business; packaging and design.

Ineligible use of funds: purchase of items for resale, payment of overheads such as salaries, rent and utilities, etc.; personal use; travel costs; interest owed on outstanding loans; tax arrears; debts and provision for losses or debts; items already financed by another framework and sponsorships.

Acting Director of the Small Business Development Centre Mr. Jonathan Allain remains encouraged by the overwhelming response to the first call for applications. “We are expecting a similar influx of applicants from all over the island. We will be implementing some changes to allow for a more seamless process and will be embarking on rigorous online training sessions with the new batch of prospective applicants as well as applicants who were unsuccessful during the first call, to increase their chances of success, by providing guidance on the creation of viable business plans.”

For more information, contact the Ministry of Commerce’s Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) at 468-4218 or 468-4223.